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Grateful Dead Live at Long Beach Arena on 1981-08-28

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Grateful Dead Live at Long Beach Arena on 1981-08-28

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Jack Straw, They Love Each Other, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Althea-> Little Red Rooster, Brown Eyed Women, Let It Grow-> China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider Shakedown Street, Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> The Wheel-> Good Time Blues-> Drums-> Spanish Jam-> Truckin'-> Wharf Rat-> Sugar Magnolia, E: U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Long Beach Arena
Location Long Beach, CA

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD>?>CD (patched with AUD>MC>DAT>CD)


* First "Never Trust A Woman"

SBD>?>CD; w/ patches from AUD>MC>DAT>CD; upgrade to previous Paino seed; via Willy; Chris Cantergiani;
Patches by PainoMan
Seeded to etree by PainoMan - May 2002


Reviewer: answertotheanswer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 18, 2012
Subject: yes
i concur with the fellow below. one of my all time favorite shows, if not my very favorite. Jack Straw, Grow, TLEO, Lost>Saint, (IMHO) are epic versions as well as the whole show. freakin spanish jam to boot.I love GD music!
Reviewer: darkstarred - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 16, 2011
Subject: Tops
This has always been the definitive Shakedown Street for me, and the jam is so tight that it sounds almost scripted. This was my very first Dead tape, and to this day this show remains my very favorite.
Reviewer: Lemmy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 13, 2008
Subject: Shakedown Street - TOP 5...
Shakedown Street the second half jam is amazing, this is top 5 for sure (in my camp anway)...
Reviewer: Mark Scalise - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 14, 2008
Subject: The Wheel is turnin', again
Oddly or not perhaps, the great 12/14/80 Long Beach show also featured a pre-drums Wheel.
Reviewer: garp6600 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 29, 2007
Subject: remember the LP?
I disagree, bobby is at his cheesiest and the best on this classic recording!
I love the keys too!! it my ex g friends older sister screaming at Bobby on this mix!
god bless the boys!
Reviewer: barongsong - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 11, 2007
Subject: full show
Does anybody have the full recording of this show. I have a better quality tape than this recording but still it cuts during Wharf Rat. One of my all time favorites but this recording is dos it no justice. Give me the complete show someone.
Reviewer: L. Rosley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 11, 2007
Subject: Second-set nuggets: Wheel, Good Time, Spanish Jam
The recording of the first song has problems. The sound improves a minute or so into Jake Straw, but with Jerry’s guitar mostly inaudible. This is corrected in the second song.

There are decent versions of most first-set songs, with good keyboard work from Brent (I wish he was playing acoustic piano...). Jerry and the whole band give us a strong Althea. Browned Eyed Women is spliced with the Aud in several places. China Cat>IKYR is solid, but nothing special for this period.

In the second set, Bob gets to be annoying by the end of St. of Circumstance, but the Wheel is a nice surprise as the followup. The Wheel cooks, particularly the jam at the end, and folds neatly into a rare Brent vocal, Good Times Blues. This was the very first performance. It was played 10 times after this in ’81, 7 times in ’82, and only two or three times a year after that.
Growing out of the space jam is the venerable old Spanish Jam, resurrected from the late ‘60 and played a few times in 1981. The space jam is actually based on Spanish Jam before it gets into it proper, and this is great version. LISTEN TO THIS if nothing else from this show.

Don’t listen to Truckin’, though. Bob is very sloppy on vocals, and not paying attention. (If listen to a lot of shows from this summer, Bob seems to be having some problems.) The band gets down to business again with Wharf Rat, with a solid Jerry vocal and some great solo work. Nice jamming in Sugar Magnolia, though we have the same problem with audio that we have in the very first song, with Jerry’s guitar at low volumes in spots.
Reviewer: LeftyWilliams - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 5, 2007
Subject: I wish I had a copy of this
Screw Weir! Jerry would be rolling in his grave.
Reviewer: fiveb4funk - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 28, 2006
Subject: re: can't d/l
dude, no more free downloads of GD soundboards. haven't you heard? blame weir.
Reviewer: mikem3289 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 28, 2006
Subject: can't d/l
where is the link the d/l this show? all it says is that its available to stream?
Reviewer: mid-maine - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 28, 2006
Subject: 25 years ago today
ah, yes. i've had cassettes, then the semi-passable sbd that was posted on gdlive several years ago. this recording is "the best," though a phat fob would steal the show.

let it grow->china->rider to close first set? sign me up. sure, there are some lyrical jumbles, but i'll take it. this is the blending of two eras, taking the best from both. there's that laid back '79 funk groove blending with the soon to be raunchy mid-80s raunch.

shakedown notes are jammed but well thought out. as others have mentioned, the interplay is astounding: everyone is listening to everyone else. impressive chops all around.

as all have said, the pre-drums wheel is dreamy. this is the perfect vessel in which to time travel on this rainy coastal day. love it, love it, love it.

Reviewer: sydthecat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 16, 2006
Subject: My Favourite Wheel
There are Wheels from '76 that I adore
And a few myself have seen before
That blew my mind whether stoned or no
On many things (but never blow)
But of all the Wheels under the sun
This is my fave and I mean bar none.
It ain't that this one is the best
Or just 'cause it was played in the West
It just touches my heart more than the rest
And that my friends is the only test.

F#$%in' good Shakedown too.!
Reviewer: David Bolewski - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 5, 2005
Subject: Amazing Wheel!
No joking kiddies...The Wheel is for real!
Reviewer: Lilypad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 22, 2005
Subject: This is the one
If I were ever let into the vaults at Club Dead, I would proceed immediately to this show and abscond with the reels no matter what the legal repercussions. The second set from "The Wheel" through the drums has a special quality of thoughtful playing, with Jerry and Brent obviously listening to each other, that I have not yet found in another 2nd set.
Reviewer: zuman! - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 14, 2005
Subject: great sound
gerat althea
Reviewer: mops&brooms - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 21, 2005
Subject: A+++
My friends and I have loved and listened to this performance on cassette tirelessly for years. I understand it was released as a live LP back in the days of vinyl so it may not be a secret to some but if you haven't heard it and you like early 80's Dead, please listen.
Reviewer: JuddErin1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 28, 2005
Subject: Post-Wheel Jam
Indeed, this was widely available on vinyl and most tapes that I have heard of this show are that recording. This show is notable for the end-of-Wheel jam. IMO, this is one of the best non-spaced out jams (think Playin or Lonesome and a Long. . .) that I have heard. I don't know if the whole show is worth the download and burn, but definitely keep the wheel. My rating is based on the jam.
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